I’ve noticed my dog has an incredible sense of self-discipline. She’s been following the recommendations in S.P.E.E.D. since before S.P.E.E.D. was written. She exercises a little every day, gets plenty of sleep, doesn’t allow distractions while she’s eating, eats 1-2 meals every day or sometimes throws in a day of fasting. She eats a low-carb diet and only has ice cream (Frosty Paws) vary rarely. If you follow the checklists at the beginning of each chapter of S.P.E.E.D., she follows almost every rule… and it shows:
Ok, maybe it’s not self-discipline. Maybe she’s just been trained to eat only what is given to her and I don’t feed her junk. She’s my best friend and I want her to be around a long time. I don’t pretend I’m caring for her by giving her treats every time I leave the house to make myself feel better about not spending time with her. *climbs off soapbox*
The ingredients in her food are better than what you’ll find in most things humans eat. This and the walks/runs we go for are all she needs to stay healthy. It’s probably most of what you need, too!
The point is we could learn a thing or two about what we see with dogs. Feed them good quality food and they regulate their appetite well, maintaining a lean, muscular physique. Feed them processed junk they weren’t meant to eat and they’ll gain unwanted fat and become tired and sluggish. So, maybe the title of this post shouldn’t be “S.P.E.E.D. Weight Loss for Dogs.” Maybe it should be “Mocha’s Weight Loss Plan for Humans.”